Now, on the 200th anniversary of Charlotte's birth, Claire Harman's landmark biography provides a bold new view of one of Britain's best loved writers, uncovering an inner life that touched the furthest extremes of human emotion.
Raised motherless on remote Yorkshire moors, watching five beloved siblings sicken and die, haunted by unrequited love: Charlotte Brontë's life has all the drama and tragedy of the great Gothic novels it inspired.
Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Brontë family. She pushed Emily to publish Wuthering Heights and took charge of their precarious finances when her feckless brother turned to opium. In Jane Eyre she introduced the world to a brand new kind of heroine, modelled on herself: quiet but fiercely intelligent, burning with passion and potential.
This is a truly gripping and illuminating account of one of our best-loved novelists.
“A moving and intimate portrait of a troubled genius . . . beautifully written and exceptionally engaging”
“Harman [is] a master storyteller in her own right. Her account of Brontë's life is a level-headed, highly readable and always intelligent. A delight from start to finish”
“Subtle, measured. Full of insight into Brontë's fiery intellect as well as the tragic intensity of her experience”
Helen Dunmore, Observer